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Neurological and Neurosurgical Intensive Care

Richard Owen Burns Jr, MD, PhD
JAMA. 1983;250(4):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340040074042.
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This book is extremely well written, and it will be rewarding reading for neurologists, neurosurgeons, and ancillary specialists who are involved in the care of patients with neurological and neurosurgical problems. Certainly the astute nurse in the intensive care unit will find that this book gives her the necessary information to understand basic physiology and pathology, as well as providing a plethora of useful, practical hints in the daily care of the patient.

The first chapter discusses the physiological factors involved in pressure changes within the cranial wall, the factors that tend to increase intracranial pressure and those that tend to decrease it. Many phrases in this chapter are pithy enough to warrant underlining.

The book covers mechanisms and indications for intracranial pressure devices and has a chapter on EEG monitoring. Several chapters on the respiratory care of brain-injured and spinal cord-injured patients give a basic understanding of the pathophysiology


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